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How big of a priority is global warming? Not as big as some would have you think.

That's according to a new Pew Research Center poll, in which more than 1,500 people were asked about their top priorities for elected leaders. Remember, these people were part of an electorate that put into office Barack Obama. The New York Times' Andrew Revkin recently pointed out that our new president has mentioned stabilizing climate and preventing nuclear conflict in the same breath.

So how did global warming fare in the Pew poll? Dead last, out of 20 priorities. The entire list, in order: the economy, jobs, terrorism, Social Security, education, energy, Medicare, health care, deficit reduction, health insurance, helping the poor, crime, moral decline, military, tax cuts, environment, immigration, lobbyists and trade policy -- then global warming.

Expect to hear more of that sentiment from the keynote speaker for the second International Conference on Climate Change March 8-10 in New York City.

Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, also current president of the European Union, is the author of the book Blue Planet in Green Shackles , in which he asserts that proposed global warming policies not only are unsupported by science, but that they threaten freedom and prosperity worldwide.

That's not to say all news about our changing climate should be ignored. Remember those recent stories about how the South Pole is getting colder? Well, it is -- in parts. But a new study released in the latest edition of the journal Nature has found that Antarctica overall has gotten warmer, by eight-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit, since the 1950s. Considering that Antarctica accounts for 90 percent of the world's ice, that study suggests dire implications for the world's sea levels.

Arguments continue to mount in support of both sides of the global warming debate. The sticking point is the extent to which mankind is responsible, and an increasing number of scientists agree that the plight of global warming cannot be laid solely, or even chiefly, at humans' feet.

If there's one thing in this debate that can be agreed on, it's this: There's nothing wrong with working toward a cleaner planet.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/25/09 - 06:02 am
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Well, so-called "clean coal"

Well, so-called "clean coal" is certainly not part of a "cleaner planet" as far as carbon debt goes. Andrew Revkin pointed out some other facts on NPR's "Science Friday" on Jan 23 (available online as a podcast at ScienceFriday.com). Democrats with a high school education tend not to believe in manmade global warming while college educated Democrats do. High school educated Republicans put more credence in manmade global warming than do college educated Republicans. Revkin says that college educated people see the issue through selective filters. But Revkin clearly comes down on the side of manmade global warming / climate change. The air temps in Antartica are not what will melt ice sheets that are over water. Warming sea temps are a bigger factor & Antarctic waters are warming. There is enough water frozen in ice sheets that are over water to raise sea levels 60 or 80 feet. Americans will not be affected by global climate change as fast as places like Bangladesh & sub-Saharan Africa so the issue tends to get put off by us. Revkin says we must REVERSE not just reduce our carbon footprint. Charging less on our credit card won't solve the problem. Radical measures are required NOW!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/25/09 - 07:31 am
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Global warming excitement

Global warming excitement will be packed away with the winter clothes due to the extreme financial problems the entire world faces.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/25/09 - 07:53 am
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Global warming will become a

Global warming will become a major subject in time for the 2012 elections. What a coincidence.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 01/25/09 - 08:20 am
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Perhaps the next bail out

Perhaps the next bail out should include providing each family a 50' [filtered word] boat.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/25/09 - 08:24 am
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interesting word, [filtered word].

interesting word, [filtered word]. I've never seen it attached to the word boat. If ever I change my display name....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/25/09 - 09:02 am
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LOL on the [filtered word] boat.

LOL on the [filtered word] boat. This sounds like something my Uncle Mervin way out in the country would say.

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soldout 01/25/09 - 09:09 am
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The world has been warmer

The world has been warmer before and we got through it. The weather goes in cycles and we don't create them and can't change them.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/25/09 - 09:38 am
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"Democrats with a high school

"Democrats with a high school education tend not to believe in manmade global warming while college educated Democrats do."..... So they get more brainwashed in college do they? "Warming sea temps are a bigger factor & Antarctic waters are warming." According to NOAA, the sea temps are getting slightly cooler...but we will ignore that piece of data because it doesn't support our agenda. BTW Cain.....what gives you the right to live on stolen land?

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/25/09 - 09:41 am
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Dinosaur dung changed the Ice

Dinosaur dung changed the Ice Age, it is all the steaming poo's fault.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/25/09 - 09:44 am
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X - don't give up maybe some

X - don't give up maybe some day he will answer you on the stolen land thing. Seems thought that he tends to avoid questions that will make him sound less liberal if he does answer.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/25/09 - 09:46 am
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He avoids ANY question that

He avoids ANY question that he can't answer without exposing his hypocrisy.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 09:49 am
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Okay, AC, what is this? You

Okay, AC, what is this? You want 200+ comments on your web site with all these hot button topics???????? You know they generate the same ad naseum rants. It gets o-l-d. I know Augusta doesn't only think and talk about abortion/evolution!

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/25/09 - 09:55 am
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If anyone knows about posting

If anyone knows about posting the same thing ad naseum, it's Sandy. Even when confronted with facts, she keeps posting the same tired, defeated arguments.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 09:59 am
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"The sticking point is the

"The sticking point is the extent to which mankind is responsible" ----- That we won't know, because we don't have the long-term data to say, "yes' or "no". We still don't even understand how and why climate changes, let alone how much the Sun affects our environment. Remember a sidebar article couple years ago in the Sky and Telescope magazine, that showed a satellite photo of what a solar flare can do to the Earth's own outer atmosphere. It stretched it over 100,000 miles into space, and it slowly "snapped" back, later. That type of activity certainly affects our very canopy that protects life below it, as that stretch would've allowed more radiation to hit the surface. Otherwise, "science first" types wrote back in the following editorial segment, "there goes global warming!". The debate is still up for grabs, as we simply don't know enough about our environment (that effect on the Earth's atmosphere was first time observed evidence, there will be much more, as we're in the infancy of understanding things beyond Earth). We need more OBSERVATIONAL science, not more politics.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 10:15 am
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And to add to all of this: if

And to add to all of this: if folks want to actually know the state of Science is in (especially of the "harder" sciences like astrophysics and the scientific work NASA and the NSF are doing), strongly suggest reading Halton Arp's books (especially "Seeing Red"). Even if you have zero interest in the what he discusses scientifically, his books gives folks an idea of the politics in sciences, and how theoretical sciences have hijacked it. To the layman this means: what you're taught about the scientific method being based on observation (it either validates or invalidates a hypothesis -- or even theories), is now being skewed with pure mathematics. No longer is observation (the very basis of the scientific method) the last word, now anyone with a fancy equation can trump it if politically pushed by vested interests. It's why the "String Theory" has captivated so many scientists into hearing the Siren's song -- so beautiful, so "elegant" so Occam it "must be right". Read Arp's books, and get an idea why such bunk like "global warming" even became possible, with little science itself to back it up.

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curly123053 01/25/09 - 10:33 am
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There is no such thing as

There is no such thing as global warming....it is just a cycle of the weather over time.....Man has no control over the weather as our God is the ultimate authority over this. I had a preacher say during a sermon that the global warming crowd would have been up in arms over a few times the Lord sent His wrath on populations a few times. Man is responsible for keeping the earth clean but we have no control over what the Lord controls.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 10:50 am
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"Man has no control over the

"Man has no control over the weather as our God is the ultimate authority over this" ---- God also gave man the means to destroy himself. The issue is getting enough data to know WITH EVIDENCE, which side is right. No side has absolute proof, yet. So the debate is up to conjecture.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/25/09 - 11:00 am
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Temps have fluctuated upward

Temps have fluctuated upward and downward over the generations all the way back to the biblical days and will continue to do so till the end of mankind. It is stupid to be spending billions on what we have no control over.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 11:16 am
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That's not the argument. The

That's not the argument. The argument is IF mankind is influencing the climate. We know mankind can do it on terra firma (like polluting our waterways and land with toxic chemicals and metals). What we don't know is if man can effect the climate itself, to the extent of changing climate all together. It's all "ifs" at this stage.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/25/09 - 11:37 am
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Any Deist or rational human

Any Deist or rational human being knows that God does not control the weather. The mentality of curly123053 and other like minded Neanderthals is why United States has lost its cutting edge in science and technology (except for advanced weapons systems that kill people). Manmade climate change / global warming is real and quantifiable. Longterm predictions of the effects of increased greenhouse gases are highly accurate. The effects are immediate and increasing. For example: "Global Warming = Dead Forests"
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2009/1/25/65537/3171
"Study: Western forests dying at increasing rate"
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jHbtLl1zFksy5ssgidI379...

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/25/09 - 12:01 pm
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So Cain...do you EVER plan to

So Cain...do you EVER plan to answer the question of why you have the right to exist on stolen land?

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 12:11 pm
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I am a Deist, and reason says

I am a Deist, and reason says you look for evidence first, not be a Chicken Little. As Thomas Paine wisely described as plain "Common Sense"!

disssman
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disssman 01/25/09 - 12:24 pm
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so I guess we are all going

so I guess we are all going to convince China, Korea and the rest of the world that they need to quit their manufacturing base. I doubt it. In fact I'll bet most people are on their way to wallmart today to increase it.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/25/09 - 12:38 pm
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Cain you can find someone to

Cain you can find someone to say what you believe anytime you want. If you want to believe everything your side says then you have to believe that Gore invested the internet...lol.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/25/09 - 01:00 pm
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Cain probably believes the

Cain probably believes the Looney Tunes cartoons are for real too!

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/25/09 - 01:04 pm
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Cain likes to post links to

Cain likes to post links to people who agree with him and completely ignores any and all evidence that contradicts him. Always has. And he refuses to answer why Israel has no right to exist, yet he, himself has the right to exist on stolen land.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/25/09 - 01:14 pm
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And the land in conflict

And the land in conflict belongs to Israel because the Lord gave it to them. It is all in writing my friends. At the end of time God will make sure Israel has the land like He promised.

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 01/25/09 - 01:49 pm
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Speaking of not answering

Speaking of not answering questions, Sandy, what restrictions do you think should be on abortion?

curly123053
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curly123053 01/25/09 - 02:17 pm
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A liberal mindset cannot

A liberal mindset cannot answer that question honestly.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 03:24 pm
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This is exactly what I mean

This is exactly what I mean by being a spoonfed partisan: junk in, junk out. Nobody home. Not one thing of content, just amateur trolling.

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